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Sheikh Zakzaky muss zurück...

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Assalamu alaykum

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim

Sie verlangten von ihm (Sheikh Zakzaky), dass er die Entscheidungen der nigerianischen Regierung zustimme, damit er medizinische Versorgung in Indien erhalte, doch er lehnte ab und kehrte zurück nach Nigeria, um wie Imam Hussein keinen Treueid dem unterdrückerischen Yazid des Nigerias zu geben, weswegen er (Imam Hussein) mit seinem Leben im Kampf für die Gerechtigkeit bezahlte und als Sieger hervorging.

#FREEZAKZAKY

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Many questions have been asked about the background of the latest campaign to get medical treatment for Shaykh Zakzaky and why the choice of India was made. Below is a summary to help explain some of the circumstances: 

1. In early 2019, news was circulating that the health of the Shaykh was deteriorating in prison and pressure was put on Nigerian authorities by the Shaykh’s legal team to allow for an independent assessment to be made by private doctors. This continued pressure brought about a decision from the Nigerian courts to allow the Shaykh a visit from doctors of his choice.

2. In extraordinary circumstances, in April 2019, IHRC sent a group of doctors to Nigeria with the hope of assessing Shaykh Zakzaky. This was a dangerous mission and it was unknown whether it would reap any fruit. In fact, even seeing the Shaykh was unlikely. However, with persistence, Massoud Shadjareh, the head of IHRC, along with a group of doctors from India, were able to persuade authorities to visit Shaykh Zakzaky. This was the first time any foreigners were allowed to see Shaykh Zakzaky and even the first time an independent photograph was taken of the Shaykh since the Zaria massacre. This allowed for an opportunity to medically examine the Shaykh, take samples for the labs and with rudimentary equipment do some tests. The group was only in Nigeria for a short number of days and their limited access to the Shaykh ended.

3. Weeks later, the results of the medical assessment became apparent and we were told that Shaykh Zakzaky had many health complications, including bullets lodged in his body, eyesight problems, diabetes and heart problems. But most worrying was the significantly high amounts of lead poison found in his blood. We were told that untreated, this would kill him within a short period of time.

4. The legal team made their case to the Nigerian courts that Shaykh Zakzaky needed urgent medical attention. Their initial demands were rejected as unfounded, without evidence. Thereafter, following  much negotiation, a medical report was made by the group of doctors who initially assessed him and was presented to the Nigerian court. The report proved that the Shaykh was in need of urgent medical treatment and that such treatment was unavailable in Nigeria.

5. The courts agreed to hear the case and the legal team prepared its documentation. Multiple countries were approached to see which could provide Shaykh Zakzaky with the required travel permission and medical treatment. However, based on the legal team’s assessment and after various considerations, India became the only viable country to consider. There were reasons for this: Firstly, the situation was time critical due to the Shaykh’s deteriorating health. Secondly, by chance the group of doctors that initially managed to assess the Shaykh, came from India and they were the people who wrote the medical report and offered further assistance. Thirdly, the Shaykh himself trusted these doctors and asked that his medical treatment be done through them. And fourthly, India was a well known destination for medical tourism. In any case, IHRC were looking for other viable options as well, and the factors to consider were the expertise of the doctors, their familiarity with the case, finding a suitable hospital, and to have doctors that could be trusted to handle this important personality. However, at this junction, the courts had already agreed to hear the case based on the findings from the Indian doctors. To change paths would mean that the window of opportunity could shut and not be opened again. From a legal standpoint, this was the only opportunity and as such things proceeded. In spite of this, various other countries were being worked on as secondary options, in case of a scenario where they could be viable options.

6. Knowing full well that the situation was critical, the Free Zakzaky Global campaign was mobilised with activists around the world starting their campaign. It was clear to us that Shaykh Zakzaky and his legal team were asking for him to be freed in order to receive urgently needed medical attention, and as such those were the campaign demands too. The global campaign focused on protests in different world cities including in London where activists started a permanent protest outside the Nigerian High Commission. Meanwhile in Abuja, thousands of Shaykh Zakzaky’s supporters protested in the streets unfortunately resulting in the Nigerian army killing scores of them. In addition to protests, a sustained online social media campaign was underway which internationalized the case of Shaykh Zakzaky.

7. In Nigeria, court proceedings included many adjournments, deliberations between the legal team and the Nigerian government’s prosecution and out of court negotiations. Admist these sessions, another court decided to issue a statement proscribing Shaykh Zakzaky’s movement as a terrorist organisation further complicating matters. Nevertheless, the judge finally concluded and issued a verdict on Monday 5th August granting Shaykh Zakzaky permission to travel for medical treatment. However, this permission restricted his travel to India alone and more specifically to the Medanta Hospital. In addition, the court said that Nigerian officials would ‘supervise’ his visit. Although Medanta was not the preferred choice, and it was chosen by the Nigerian authorities, the Shaykh was left with a decision, either to stay in detention in Nigeria or to embark on this trip to the Medanta Hospital in India. He chose to travel to India. The understanding was that Shaykh would travel on his own expense to India and receive treatment from his own trusted doctors. 

8. Upon hearing this news, campaigners around the world were joyous at the breakthrough. Shaykh Zakzaky was to get the urgent medical treatment he sought after, and for us that was a victory. It was a breakthrough in a campaign which included London activists finally ending their 24/7 protest that lasted 33 days outside the Nigerian High Commission.

9. On Monday 12th August, Shaykh Zakzaky was released from his detention facility and travelled from Kaduna to Abuja and then to India via Dubai. However, upon arriving to India, a series of complications transpired that made it apparent that this trip may not achieve its goals. Most noteworthy was that Nigerian officials from the Embassy and their security personnel were no longer simply ‘supervising’ but rather had taken control of all affairs related to the Shaykh’s treatment. They had liaised with Indian authorities such that they could act with impunity. Indian authorities were informed that Shaykh Zakzaky was a terrorist who needed heavy handed treatment. This was supposed be a trip for medical tourism, in which Shaykh had been granted permission to travel. It was not supposed to be a political or inter-governmental initiative with interference from government agencies and armed personnel who would harass the Shaykh and be abusive. The circumstances created by the Nigerian and Indian authorities ultimately prevented Shaykh from his chosen doctors, his legal team, his own security and his advisors, and thereafter tried to appoint their own doctors for him. Shaykh described his hospital room as yet another detention facility but even stricter than that in Nigeria.

10. At this point Shaykh could no longer trust the treatment he was being offered. The people who were responsible for poisoning him, killed his 6 sons, massacred thousands of members of his movement and who kept him unlawfully in detention for the last 3 and a half years, could not possibly be solely given the responsibility of his treatment in a foreign country without any supervision from his close advisors and legal team. This was unacceptable. The role of the cruel Nigerian security services went above and beyond simple ‘supervision’ and the actions of the Indian authorities in facilitating the harassment at the hands of the Nigeria security services was extraordinary, violating medical ethics and human rights of a patient. These circumstances were something no sensible person could continue to trust or have faith in. 

11. The Shaykh put out video messages from his hospital room, describing his situation, explaining that he has been prevented from receiving adequate medical treatment for his needs due to the interference of the Nigerian authorities and declared his intention to return to Nigeria. 

12. It is important to note here that Shaykh Zakzaky is an intelligent scholar and revolutionary who makes his own decisions. He is the leader of millions of people and is a wise decision maker. In no way, should anyone think that the respected Shaykh has other people or organisations telling him what to do or what to think. He receives advice from a number of sources, including from IHRC, IMN and others, but he was the person who decided to travel to India and he was the person who decided to return to Nigeria. And true to his word, he returned without medical treatment even though it meant walking back into his prison cell.

#FreeZakzaky

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Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission (AIM) & The Free Zakzaky Global Campaign

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